"He was an unlikely warrior. A Quaker with a pronounced limp, Nathanael Greene surprised fellow patriots by rising quickly to become George Washington's favorite solider and heir apparent. After taking command of the southern army, Greene formulated an unorthodox strategy-to win by surprise attacks and hasty retreats, which cut the enemy's supply lines until the British leaders tired of hunger and bloody sacrifices. His talent for turning defeat into victory allowed the rebel army to gain momentum toward a final push." "In one of the most audacious decisions of the war Greene divided his army, separating Daniel Morgan's nimble troops from his own by 120 miles, with Cornwallis's army between them. The gamble paid off handsomely: Greene's unconventional victory sealed the bargain, and the way was prepared for the final victory at Yorktown less than a year later." "Terry Golway's bold new book, drawn from field documents, letters, diaries, and other sources, takes full account of the scope of Nathanael Greene's remarkable accomplishments, returning the forgotten patriot to his proper place in American history. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
"A John Macrae book."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-342) and index
The Quaker general -- A downright democracy -- The making of a rebel -- An uncommon degree of zeal -- The dark part of night -- Victory or death -- The cries of the people -- Low intrigue -- "It wounds my feelings" -- "O, this war!" -- "The prospect is dismal" -- Victory -- Forging a nation -- Unfinished business